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Volume 8, Issue #47 - November 29, 2018 
In the name of Christ, we embrace all people to be nourished and empowered by the Holy Spirit to love and serve the world.
Christmas Prose & Poetry
Friday, November 30, 7:00 p.m.

Join this festive holiday gathering for our congregation and community, featuring the Capital City Museum Troupe and seasonal music. Light refreshments will be available (bring a treat to share if you wish). Come and enjoy this family-friendly opportunity to mix and mingle!

The Capital City Museum Troupe is a local group of readers who perform, in readers’ theatre style, a wonderful collection of Christmas prose and poetry. There is bright and cheery material, as well as thoughtful pieces that pay tribute to “the reason for the season.” The readings will last about 30 minutes, followed by our own John Martin on the piano.

Invite a friend, welcome everyone, and connect with your church family! 
Insurance Options for Medicare

Open enrollment ends on December 7, 2018.

Ascension members Scott and Michael Mello are offering their expertise in this area to help any senior. They will be available at the Senior Center, 202 Medical Heights Drive (near the hospital) on Mondays and Wednesdays.

This FREE consultation is offered to any seniors who are trying to figure out which Medicare plan to choose, as well as those who will be turning 65 soon and need help to sort out their choices. [20+year State employees do not have this option.]

Please call to schedule an appointment in advance: 502-223-5794. Bring a bag with all of your prescription drugs and your Medicare card (or a picture of it).

Tuesdays and Thursdays
December 4 through December 20
5:00-5:15 p.m.

The group will meet in the chancel area, led by members of Ascension’s Benedictine Cell; all are welcome. If you want a short break from the hectic pace of December days and to be reminded of what Advent is for, stop in and join us. You are welcome to come a few minutes early for individual silent prayer – and/or to stay on Tuesdays for “Welcome Silence” meditation, immediately following Evening Prayer.

Invite… Welcome… Connect!

Sunday, December 9, 5:00 p.m.

This Advent service of hope and expectation is based on the hymn, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, where each verse begins, “O Come…” We will call for God to come among us as we pray and begin to prepare ourselves for Christmas. Come with your family and friends to enjoy this beautiful and meaningful service.

The texts for this service are of unknown origin and date from at least the ninth century. Each antiphon begins with the letter “O” and a name or attribute of God from the Hebrew Scriptures: O Sapientia, “O Wisdom”; O Adonai, “O Sacred Lord”; O Radix Jesse, “O Root of Jesse”; O Clavis David, “O Key of David”; O Oriens, “O Rising Sun”; O Rex gentium, “O King of nations”; and O Emmanuel, “O Emmanuel.” [1] Together they are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones as well. Their repeated use of the imperative “Come!” embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah. [2] The musical setting we will use is by Healey Willan, one of the great Canadian composers of Anglican music.

Invite… Welcome… Connect!


Join a worldwide Candle Lighting Service on Sunday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church on St. Clair Street (park and enter from the back, to the social hall). This service offers hope to those parents (and grandparents and siblings) who have lost a child of any age, who are struggling to embrace holiday cheer. Nationally known Mitch Carmody will speak at the local ceremony. For details, contact Debbie Kimbrough ( jtky1019@bellsouth.net ) or see http://www.tcffrankfortky.org
This year we continue our Angel Tree tradition, and we will host a Christmas dinner party for Simon House residents on Saturday, December 15.
You are invited to take one or more paper angels from the Angel Tree in the parish hall, and shop for the special wish of a Simon House resident or others in need. Return the wrapped gift no later than Sunday, December 9, with the angel firmly attached on the outside of the package.

Note: There are also paper angels indicating FOOD items needed for the Simon House Christmas party, to be delivered to church by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 14.

Deacon Rebecca still has very limited mobility and the CAYA group is small this year, so YOUR help is needed with hosting this dinner party. If you are willing to assist, please contact Deacon Rebecca ( curate@ascensionfrankfort.org ).

Be an angel – help make this Christmas special for families in need.
It is time to purchase poinsettias for this year’s Christmas celebration at Ascension. You may designate your flowers to be in honor of, in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, any person(s) you choose.

Please use the Poinsettia Order Form (located on tables in church and hallway). Many thanks for your kind gift as Ascension prepares for the season of our Lord’s nativity. Put completed forms in the collection plate or return them to the church office no later than Wednesday, December 19.

After the Christmas Lessons & Carols services on December 30, you are welcome to claim your poinsettia(s) to take home or share with others. Thank you for helping to decorate the church for Christmas!
CENTERING PRAYER , every Saturday morning, 10:00 - 10:30. All are invited and welcome to come and explore this ancient technique, meeting
in the main church. For more information, contact Scott Kimbel, kskimbel@yahoo.com for more information.
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet on Saturday, December 8 (every other Saturday), at 8:00 a.m. Contact William Legg ( williamlesterlegg@msn.com ) for details.
THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING will meet on Sunday, December 2 (FIRST Sunday of each month), in the library after the 10:30 service. Contact Judith Spencer for details ( jspencer254@yahoo.com ) . Note: This is a new, updated schedule that supersedes the bulletins for Sunday, 10/7, that were already printed.
Check out all service and activity schedules on the online church calendar at

Find the Diocese of Lexington online at
Financial Update, November:   
  • 11/04/18: $20,830
  • 11/11/18: $3,291
  • 11/18/18: $3,578
  • 11/25/18: $2,972
ABOUT THE INCOME SPIKES: Income and expense numbers in the chart above do include ALL donations and pass-thru amounts, such as those designated for Capital Campaign, Music Fund, Reading Camp, Food Pantry, etc., which accounts for large spikes on the graphs. The income spike shown in August 2018 is due to a Line of Credit Loan for $20,000 which was incurred on 8/17/18 to carry us through the coming months. This precaution is mainly due to very high maintenance costs this year. Monthly expenses are recorded only at the end of each month, calculated as a weekly average. The mortgage loan was completely paid off in November 2018, and $10,000 was returned to the bank from the Line of Credit Loan.
As the end of the calendar year approaches, please be aware that all donations you wish to deduct for tax year 2018 MUST BE RECEIVED no later than Sunday, December 30, for deposit on December 31. You will receive an itemized statement January listing all of your 2018 giving. Thank you!
Schedules & Teams:
December 2 - January 20 as of 11/29/18
December 2, 2018
Daily Office Lectionary
Week of 1 Advent, Year One - BCP 936
OR go to www.lectionarypage.net and choose by calendar date (Track 1)
  • BREAKFAST begins at 8:50 a.m. - free of charge to those in need; others may pay a small amount as able.
  • ADULTS gather at 9:15 a.m. in the library for "The Preacher's Forum." 
  • CHILDREN & YOUTH: Christian Formation/Sunday School: Godly Play classes for age 2 through fourth grade will resume on September 9. Please gather in the parish hall to go upstairs together as a group. Latecomers must be escorted by a parent to the upstairs classroom.. Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend all church services; a nursery is available for younger children starting at 9:15 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - Rite I
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Chris Smith
  • Lector: Tony Charters
  • Prayers of the People: Candy Charters
  • Acolyte: Angela Goetter

10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Bob Bullock
  • Lector: Ron Gruzesky
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Natalie Agne
  • T: Julia Tyson & Charlotte Saunderson
  • Ushers: Fred & Frances Kirchhoff
  • Altar Guild: T3 - Michal Smith-Mello, Scott & Kathy Kimbel
  • Men's Club: T5: Rick Kurtz & Sons, Mac Elliott

COUNTERS:   TWO needed


COFFEE HOUR:     Treats from the Chili Supper !
  • Jan Stevens is our Hospitality Coordinator - contact her by email at jstevens5@aol.com to discuss Coffee Hour questions, needs and procedures. If you can bring treats but need a helper, or vice versa, Jan can help you team up!
Intercessions for the Church: The Church of the Advent, Cynthiana – The Rev. Paul Wanter, Priest-in-Charge.

Recently in need of prayers: Angela; Anna; Barbara; Bob; David; Erika; Faye & Steve; Geoff; Harry; Holly; Janet; Jim & Fonda; Jim & Nancy; John; Kevin; Kim; Leia; Leslie; Mary; Mildred; Penny; Philip; Polly; Rebecca; Rose; Sherri; Sister Judy; Theresa; Vic; and Vivian.

Continuing concern: Betty; Carolina; Carrie Beth; Collin; Darlene; David; Dillard; Doris & Charlie; Elena; Ellie; Isaiah; James; Jean; Jim & Debbie; Jinks; Julia; Lara; Lee; Linda; Mac; Marilyn; Marsaela; Natalie; Scott & Kathy; Susie; Shelia; and Willie. We also pray for those on active duty in the military: Daniel, Houston, Nick, and Seth; and for Susan Kurtz, Candidate for Holy Orders.

Birthdays: 12/3 – Charlie Caudill; 12/4 – Beverly VanHouten, Marilyn Peck; 12/5 – Eric Oelgoetz.

Anniversaries: 12/2 – Jim & Debbie Kimbrough. 
  • Prelude - Oh, come, Emmanuel - Wilbur Held
  • Opening Hymn - Hymn 56 - O come, O come, Emmanuel - Veni, veni, Emmanuel
  • Gradual Psalm: Psalm 25:1-6 Ad te, Domine, levavi
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory
  • Sanctus: S 124
  • The Great Amen
  • Agnus Dei: S 161
  • Communion Hymn: Hymn 483 - The head that once was crowned with thorns - St. Magnus
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 73 - The King shall come when morning dawns - St. Stephen
  • There will be no Postlude during Advent.
Clergy and Staff

  • The Rev. William Jessee Neat, Rector
  • The Rev. Dr. William G. Brown, Assisting Priest (Retired) 
  • The Rev. Nancy S. Farley, Assisting Priest (Retired) 
  • The Rev. Deacon Rebecca A. Saager, Curate
  • Mr. John B. Martin, Director of Music & Organist
  • Ms. Mona Landrum Proctor, Parish & Financial Administrator 
  • Mr. David Gierlach, Sexton

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